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>> number of friends that are coming in so they could meet the pastor tomorrow morning. >> wow! >> that's our story, what's ahead tomorrow. have a great day. "cnn newsroom" with carol costello starts right now. good morning, carol. >> hi, soledad. happy birthday. >> thank you. happening now in the newsroom, the message from mitt. the romney campaign attempting to get his campaign back on track this morning. op-ed in "usa today," the president taking to late night to respond. >> my expectation is that if you want to be president, you've got to work for everybody, not just for some. >> we're just two weeks from the first debate. the clock is ticking. has the damage already been done? >> reporter: i'm kyung lah, live in chicago. this hour, the school bell will ring at the elementary schools. thstrike is over. that story, coming up in a live report. plus, the mystery in the
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papyrus. newly revealed fragment, centuries old, where jesus makes a reference to his wife. >> monks, da vinci. >> from the days of dan brown's "da vinci" code we're asking, what if jesus was married? also fire, tornado, an amazing sight in the outback of australia. flachls tunnelling 100 feet into the air. and suspension. toronto blue jays shortstop yunel escobar sits out for a gay slur. he insists it was, quote, supposed to be a joke. so should baseball suspend -- ban messages? new threat of muslim rage. hours ago, a french magazine hit the newsstands with cartoons,
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resembling the prophet muhammad. such a move is considered offensive in the islamic world. and police are now on alert outside the magazine's offices. security precautions are in paris and beyond. deadly protests swept across much of the middle east the french government is scrambling, shutting down diplomatic offices and schools in 20 countries around the world. the u.s. is taking a wait and see approach. same magazine was firebombed less than a year ago, just as it was set to publish a cover that seemed to make fun of islamic law. we'll keep you posted. mitt romney, both on the defensive and on the attack. first, damage control even as some fellow republicans blasted his secretly recorded comments, romney embraced them. he went on fox news to defend his claim that 47% of americans are in the bag for obama because they rely on government handouts. >> i recognize that those people who are not paying income tax
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are going to say, gosh, this provision that mitt keeps talking about, lowering income taxes, that's not going to be real attractive to them. and those that are dependent upon government and those who think government's job is to redistribute, i'm not going to get them. >> jim acosta spent the day with the romney campaign. he joins us by phone from dallas. hello, jim. romney is now turning the tables, forcing the obama campaign to explain a 1998 videotape. tell us about that. >> reporter: that's right, carol. what we're hearing right now from the romney campaign is that what they're doing is not running from what he said in those tapes that were released by mother jones. he's really embracing that message. you heard some of this yesterday in the speech that he gave at this fund-raiser in dallas, going after the president on this newly leaked audio that showed up on the report yesterday in which the president talks about redistribution of wealth. let's first play that audio that
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appears and then with that we'll show you what mitt romney had to say about that last night at a fund-raiser. >> i think the trick is figuring out how do we structure government systems that pool resources and, hence, facilitate some redistribution. because i actually believe in redistribution, at least at a certain level, to make sure that everybody's got a shot. >> this idea that the president has of redistributing, i know there are some people in our country who want to have a government take from some to give to the others. they would like to be the others that are on the receiving end of that. and feel that a redistribution model makes sense. the president, some years ago, said he favors redistribution. i don't. i believe, instead, the role of government is to help those who need help. >> reporter: so, mitt romney continuing with this theme today. he has a new op-ed in "usa today", the headline of that is that he's going to deliver a
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recovery, he says, in this op-ed, not dependency. he is sort of running with what he said in those mother jones videos, not really running away from it. and, carol, the romney campaign also put out a memo from its campaign manager, matt rhodes, talking about the two different visions they're laying out for voters this fall and their vision, they say, is not a government-centered society, as they describe in that memo, carol. >> jim acosta, reporting live from dallas this morning. romney's running mate, paul ryan, said obama had to explain some comments he made while running in 2008. obama reacted to those comments last night on the late show with david letterman. >> i immediately said i regret this, because i think it sent the wrong message to the country. so people understand, i think, that you're going to make
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mistakes on the campaign trail. what i think people want to make sure of, though, is that you're not writing off a big chunk of the country because the way our democracy works -- this is a big country. and ople disagree a lot. >> president obama says romney's comments are, quote, writing off a big chunk of the country, adding that if you want to be president, you have to work for everyone. >> today, we could finally learn more about fast and furious. the controversial gun traffic ing investigation that is connected to the death of a border patrol agent. hundreds of firearms disappeared and the guns were used to commit crimes in mexico and in the united states. two of the weapons were found back in 2010 at the site of a
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gun fight in arizona where brian terry, that u.s. border patrol agent, was killed. crime and justice correspondent joe johns joins me now. joe, this report is due out later today from the justice department? >> that's true, carol. we're expecting it some time this afternoon. inspector general michael ho horowitz is relatively new to the job. this is his first major report. such a contentious issue and political hot potato. there are a lot of questions you would want to have answered here. whose idea was the fast and furious strategy in the first place? who in the government would say that's okay? how high up did it go? who knew about this thing, and for how long? and why didn't somebody stop it? we'll be watching it closely to see if this report has any definitive answers. this is a story that is badly in need of an honest and impartial broker. the fast and furious story reached its peak in a political atmosphere during a political year. and inspector general's report
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is always supposed to be about accountability, waste, fraud and abuse. if nothing else, facts. because they may have had information not provided to the other entities investigating fast and furious. carol? >> attorney general eric holder was found in contempt of congress because of this investigation. will this report end that investigation? >> no. that is a completely separate track. it's in the courts and a civil suit has been filed that, of course, will play out on its own. one of the key questions there is executive privilege and how much the administration can keep away from congress and its investigation. in all likelihood, they've tried to work out a negotiated solution because it's the kind of thing that could go on and on and on. >> joe johns reporting live from washington for us. about 350,000 chicago-area kids will go back to school today after teachers voted last
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night to end their strike and to get classes started again. about 800 delegates for the teachers union. for just two hours before they decided to suspend the strike that's lasted for a full week. chicago mayor rahm emanual calls the contract, quote, an honest compromise. but what really went into that deal? kyung lah joins us from chicago. so, what are the specifics? >> reporter: well, let's take a look at this deal. three main points we want to highlight here. first of all, there is a pay raise, according to the city of chicago school district, 17.6% raise over four years. there will be more of an impact of standardized testing. 30% of the teacher evaluations will be based on test scores and there will be more time in the classroom, both at the elementary school level and at the high school level. what we're seeing here this morning at this particular elementary school is that the lights are on in the school. teachers are there. it does look like it will be a normal day after this seven-day
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strike. teacher teachers overwhelmingly say this isn't a perfect deal, but it's a deal. they're glad to be back in the classroom. here is what one teacher told us. >> everybody is happy to go back to work, get with the kids. it's been long enough. we accomplished what we wanted to. >> reporter: and the school bell, carol, rings in about 45 minutes. >> so who got the better end of the stick? >> reporter: it's really hard to tell. both sides had to give a little bit. xrms on both parts. both sides are saying compromise. no clear winner in this deal. >> kyung lah, reporting live from chicago this morning. dozens of protesters attack a u.s. ambassador's car while he is inside of it. the car is damaged. the ambassador is not hurt. president obama: i'm barack obama and i approve...
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ambassador gary locke was not hurt. it is close to the japanese embassy where chinese protesters have been demonstrating over a regional dispute. federal judge says arizona can enforce a controversial part of its immigration law, allowing officers to question the immigration status while upholding other laws. it's not clear whether they will fight that ruling. website was slow or not available to many users yesterday for bank of america. a spokesman says the company is working to ensure full availability. check out these pictures from a fire tornado in australia. it is caused when a warm, rotating and rising column of air picks up a bush fire. filmma filmmaker to took these pictures said the twister stayed around for 40 minutes and sounded an awful lot loik a fighter jet. now is your chance to talk back on one of the big stories of the day. question for you this morning,
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what if jesus were married? i know. it's a loaded question, isn't it? it's a heated debate that's been around since -- oh, "the da vinci code," a blockbuster movie that explored whether jesus was married to mary magdalene. suggesting that some early christians believed jesus was married. the fragment, written in coptic, a language used by egyptian christians, says in part, "jesus said to them my wife." >> scholars consistently, myself included in the past, have argued that oh, no, that language is all spiritual. it's all spirltizing. it's using it metaphorical ly. roger ebert tweeted, now at
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work, 100 novelists on inevitable forthcoming best seller "i was mrs. jesus." my mon's -- money's on philip roth. >> it's very difficult when you have spent your whole life, where you spent, in fact -- christi christianity spent 1,500 years or more talking about, understanding jesus not being married to actually know it when we see it, so to speak. >> so in the spirit of debate, we'll bite. talk back question of the day, what if jesus were married? facebook.com/carolcnn. your comments later this hour. hey! did you know that honey nut cheerios
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saving money on the things you want. to me, that's the membership effect. nice boots! the political firestorm is still growing strong, two days after a video of mitt romney talking about the 47% went viral. the new york post says the truth hurts, supporting romney's comments. new york daily news calls romney's comments a spit in the face. and the philadelphia daily news says mitt versus the moochers. can this campaign be saved? for his part, governor romney is sticking to his guns, not backing down or making any apologies, just clarifying what
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he said. in an op-ed in "usa today" he polished his comments saying, quote, instead of creating a web of dependency, i will pursue policies that grow our economy and lift americans out of poverty, end quote. for the republican national committee, shawn, welcome. >> thank you, carol. >> ds that mean taxes on middle class or lower middle class americans will go up? >> no. what the governor was talking about is that there are two visions in this campaign. one vision that is espoused by the current administration is a government-centered society where everyone is dependent on the government and the government is the center of all of our lives. it's quote, unquote, the only thing we belong to, according to them. it's the life of julia where they espouse where everything has to be tied to the government and the president himself has
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comment comments where he talked about redistributing the wealth. and on the flip side, governor romney is talking about -- >> one second before we get to the redistribution thing, and we will get to that, i just wanted to talk about -- >> okay. >> -- what mr. romney really meant. he wants americans to take responsibility. those who aren't paying income taxes aren't taking responsibility. so how does governor romney make them take responsibility? that's what so many voters are wondering. >> i think what governor romney is going to do is put a plan in place that gets america back to work and our economy turned around. he wants to help. right now under the current administration, more people are living on food stamps, more people in poverty, more people unemployed. governor romney wants to put a plan in place that will turn the economy around, allow people to succeed, to get that job, to help become part of -- to get back on track. that's what he wants to do. he wants to help people, lift them up, put them back to work, give them th job, get involved back into the mainstream. he is looking at it, saying this administration is not providing
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the tools to put people back to work. he wants to ensure that we have a society where people are out there. we're applauding success and putting people back to work. >> i think another reason that many people were upset by mr. romney's comment at this fund-raiser, these people who aren't paying income tax aren't doing anything wrong. they're taking advantage of the tax code, just like mitt romney takes advantage of our tax laws and pays a rate of about 13%. isn't that now a fair argument to make? >> yeah. but again, i think part of what he's trying to get at is if you don't have an economy that's moving forward, that's allowing job creation, that's encouraging entrepreneurialship, then you're trapping people in a lifestyle of government dependency. what he wants to do is instill policies that create that sort of free enterprise opportunity society where people are out there, applauding success, taking those chances. >> right. >> getting back to work. >> he wants to decrease taxes on the wealthy, right?
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he wants to drop their -- keep the bush tax cuts, let's put it that way. >> he wants to do it across the board. no, he wants it across the board deal where it's targeted at middle income. he has made it very clear about that. >> why is he upset with so many americans not paying income taxes? they pay other kinds of taxes. if he wants to -- >> he's not upset at them. carol, i think there's a fundamental misunderstanding. he is not upset at the people. he is upset at the current government that's not giving them the tools to get back on track. that if you are -- he is mad at the administration that is saying, hey, we're not going to foster a free enterprise system that encourages business, that gets government out of the way in terms of regulations. and so if you're not doing that, you're trapping people in government dependency. that's what he's mad at. he's not mad at the people but the system that's trapping them. >> okay. let's talk about redistribution now. the romney campaign is hitting back. they're using this clip of president obama, talking about redistribution. that video is from 1998.
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what do you think that obama says in this clip that's upsetting to many republicans? >> well, i don't think it's just republicans. i think it's sort of the whole notion of what we want out of a society here in america, which is we're not looking to punish people that are successful. that's what he gets at. he talks about this idea of we want to redistribute wealth and redistribute services. the idea that if you do well, once you do well, we're going to take it and give it to somebody el else. i think there's no question in america we want to lend a helping hand to those in need. at the same time, we don't want to punish success. we want to encourage it, applaud it. we want that entrepreneurial spirit, the innovation that makes america great to flourish and thrive as opposed to discourage it and punish it, which is what we're currently seeing. >> it's like de ja vu all over again, joe the plumber, john mccain. let's listen to a bite. >> you know senator obama ended
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up in the conversation with joe the plumber, we need to spread the wealth around. in order, we're going to take joe the plumber's money and give it to senator obama and he's going to spread the wealth around. >> it sounds awfully familiar and john mccain lost. >> i don't think a lot has changed in terms of that point people in america we were buying into a slogan of hope and change. we've seen it in practice. we had a trillion dollar stimulus that went to campaign donors, companies like solyndra that ended up going bankrupt. companies where it got squandered. i think we've seen what redistribution in practice means. there's a big difference between when you talk about it in practice. and now after four years, we can see the results in it, in terms of more people in poverty, higher unemployment, 43 months of unemployment above 8%.
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and deficit over a trillion dollars. >> and that's because of the redistribution of wealth? all of that is because of the redistribution of the wealth from the wealthy to the poor? >> i think it's a general philosophy. the philosophy is that -- >> has it happened? >> how the government is going to solve the problem. we're going to pick winners and -- >> i'm just -- >> sure. i think you have competing philosophies in terms of how you're going to govern and where we want america to head. one is where we pick winners and losers, have the government at the center of deciding how society operates. and one is where we have an opportunity society where we encourage free enterprise system. i think it is a fundamental choice in this election about which vision of america we feel comfortable with. we've seen what those policies the last four years have resulted in. the question is, do we want to continue down that path or look at a guy like mitt romney who has had a successful business record, successful record as governor, turning around the salt lake city olympics and say, hey, we would rather have a record of success than what
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we've had over the last four years. >> sean spicer, thanks for being here this morning. >> it's a pleasure. thanks, carol. writing an article about those protests around the world last week over that offensive youtube clip, newsweek added to the controversy by publishing a cover emblazened with the words "muslim rage," which turned into a comedy rage on twitter. more on that, next. stocks out there,the opinit how do you know which ones to follow? the equity summary score consolidates the ratings of up to 10 independent research providers into a single score that's weighted based on how accurate they've been in the past. i'm howard spielberg of fidelity investments. the equity summary score is one more innovative reason serious investors are choosing fidelity. get 200 free trades today and explore your next investing idea.
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the ones who make us laugh, the ones with the strong shoulder to lean on, the ones we're named after, and the ones named after us. it takes all kinds of good to make a family. at new york life, everything we do is to help you keep good going. good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you for joining us. it's 30 minutes past the hour. stories we're watching in the newsroom.
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moments ago, the opening bell rang at the new york stock exchange. wall street expected to open higher thanks to bank of japan's plan to stimulate the economy. ringing the opening bell at the new york stock exchange, president and ceo of the job matching company on assignment, switching from the new york stock exchange from the nasdaq. republican vice presidential candidate paul ryan is back on the campaign trail today. he is about to speak the a rally in danville, virginia. after today's campaign stop, he will head back to washington. police in france are outside the offices of a satyrical weekly magazine, currently publishing cartoons featuring the prophet muhammad, a move strict lly forbidden by islam l. the publisher is defend iing hi children. >> translator: when the government asks us not to do any publication, we have three idiots in the streets that
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represent all of islam. it's the government that insults them. one has to disarm them with humor. >> turns out this isn't the first time the magazine has published cartoons of muhammad. offices were burned in an attack after cartoons were published in 2011. humor to defuse the tensions surrounding that youtube video that incited riots around the world and prompted this "newsweek" cover "muslim rage." they think it perpetuates old stereotypes. dean abadall aah joins me.
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>> i'm so outraged. >> you're going to burst at any moment. >> i'm fighting every part of me extinctually. >> some of these tweets are really funny. let's look at the "newsweek" cover and tell me why some muslims in this country are so upset about it. >> well, clearly, it's a bad picture right off the bat. i don't recognize anyone in that picture. i don't like that at all. i'll be honest with you. it's not just "newsweek." there's been sensationalism. it's not that media isn't mentioning the small numbers of people protesting. it's sort of buried. ind nee indonesia, 500 to 700 people protest in a country of over 200 million people. 500 people are getting all the press and that's defining islam in indonesia. lebanon has no protests whatsoever because the pope was visiting and waited until monday to have protests. it's not like there's an
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uprising across the middle east. you're talking about 500 in indonesia. who defines islam, the 50,000 who bought tickets to lady gaga or the 500 who are protesting in the streets? >> a picture taken in morocco during a protest. >> no doubt, there are protests. on monday we had the one-year anniversary of occupy movement. there were protests across the country, 1,000 people in new york, almost 200 arrested. would it be fair to define america by those protests across the country if that's the way we were defined in the arab world? of course not. those are limited little glimpses into who we are. same thing in the middle east. people are going about their daily business in the middle east, muslim world. their businesses are open. it's not anarchy. i just wish the media would look at it a little more closely and say this is a small amount of protesters, some with a political agenda and some are
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mad. >> "newsweek" tried to do that. they asked for tweets using the #muslimrage. and people used the hash tag to make fun, say iing anything cou send muslims into rage. >> i'm having such a good hair day. >> i don't feel any rage. does that mean i'm not muslim? when you realize the person on tv who is a muslim expert is neither muslim or an expert. #muslimrage. >> that's great. that that'ss that'ssatire at its best. it's sensationalism of the cover and media reports saying muslims are enraged. there's over a billion muslims in the world. out of all the protests, 10,
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20,000 people, 98.9% were not protesting. there's no companion story. muslim rage in these limited numbers, and the rest of the muslims going on, going to work, raising their families. >> this is deeper than that. with humor, we can combat extremists. really? >> i think humor is a great way of undermining an opponent. i'm a comedian. i hold up stereotypes about muslims and arabs in my comedy show. try to break them down, raise polit political issues as well. you can inform people. and i think it is a much more effective argument sometimes than a straightforward speech. you're making people laugh. that's so ridiculous, i'm laughing at it. muslim rage, people are saying i can't throw a football around because it's pigskin. muslim rage. have some glow sticks and it's muslim rage. it's funny. it's humor. it makes fun of the whole premise that all muslims are mad.
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we're not. we're laughing at the ridiculous press. it's a hard story, believe me. it's a challenging story when the protesters are out there. the media has to cover it. there are protests. it's just a little more responsibility. i hate to use that term but a little bit more from the media would be great on this. >> dean, thank you for being with us. >> thank you, carol. >> come back soon. >> i hope so. >> surveillance video released this week shows jennifer aniston pregnant with triplets. oh, my. we'll explain.
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surround i surrounding jennifer aniston, the newly engaged actress decided i'm going to play along. look at this. >> it's so hot out there. oh, god. oh, god. oh, oh, so much better. how are my little triplets doing? you must be so thirsty. oh, my lord. >> this is all an ad for smart water. you see there. she's the spokesperson. she's done these types of ads before but in this one she steps up her game. she secretly is also the mother of jimmy kimmel, an alien kid. faux security footage from inside her home. it apparently aired on a fake magazine show that was hosted by ryan seacrest. there are so many other scenarios in the commercial. jennifer seems to love every one
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of the crazy moments. she also digs on her hair, which i love this part. we learn that she's been hiding this dark, curly hair under an extensive collection of wigs and calls herself rachel, her "friends" character that she never will escape before she goes to bed. just really, really funny. i don't know about you, carol. she is a movie star now and whatever, but that makes me long for the days of jennifer aniston on a television sitcom. i want to see her back on tv. >> i'm wearing the rachel today. >> you are. and i'm liking the dark. i'm liking the flip. looks good. >> that's why i love you, mi michelmish nichelle. wait until you hear how much people are paying to see barbra streisand.
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the space shuttle "endeavour" is on its final voyage, piggyback to a modified 747. it took off from the kennedy space center a couple of hours ago. in just a few minutes -- actually just a few minutes ago. the 747 with the shuttle on top flew over the city of new orleans. "endeavour" will take a sentimental journey of sorts as it makes its way to a retirement home in los angeles. john zarrella is in florida. he was there for this morning's se sendoff. it's just bittersweet, looking at these pictures. >> reporter: yeah. you know, it really is, carol. "endeavour" flew 123 million miles during 25 flights over its history after it came off the assembly line in 1991. and this is, by far, one of its shortest flights cross country, as you mentioned, on the back of
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that 747. it's definitely kind of a victory tour of sorts, lifting off from the kennedy space ceer. about 7:20 am this morning, heading cross country. it flew over the space center in mississippi first. as you mentioned. then it went over the louisiana area, new orlea. assembly plant where they built the giant external tanks for the shuttle. and from here, it's on to houston. it will fly over the houston area in just a little while. probably about an hour from now, making several passes, flies over hughouston. and then ultimately landing at the ell ichington field near th johnson space center so folks there can get a look at "endeavour" before it takes off tomorrow morning. tomorrow morning it heads out, continues the victory tour. refueling stop in el paso at biggs army air field. then it flies over the white sands missile range. white sands, as we all know, is
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where the shuttle emergency landing strip was. it will fly on to -- out to dryden. overnight in california at edwards air for base before that final victor lap over california which will be spectacular. carol? >> i'm sure it will be. john, thank you so much. a slur scrolled on y to impre roi through seo all by cob. and you...rent from national. because only national lets you choose any car in the aisle... and go. you can even take a full-size or above, and still pay the mid-size price. i'm going b-i-g. [ male announcer ] good choice business pro. good choice. go national. go like a pro. three words dad, e-trade financial consultants.
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make the final 4-2 to make baltimore tied with the new york yankees who were rained out last night. and the toronto blue jays have suspended yunl escobar for a slur written in spanl over his eye black. he responded saying, hey, it was a joke and he did not mean it to be offensive. let's talk about this with "sports illustrated" baseball editor ted keith. good morning. so -- help us understand this. nobody really noticed this slur in escobar's eye black, but a fan did. and he posted it on twitter, and then it e became this big deal, right? >> yeah. it is not complete ly uncommon for the guys to write things on the eye black and what is interesting here is that we are getting a little bit of an insight on how the clubhouse culture works versus how common society works. you would never put something like this out public on the
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facebook tor twor the twitter o anything out in the media, but this is a player who is doing something that in his defense he says, well, i talk about this all of the way with my teammates and it is not the way you think about it as latin ball players burk suddenly, it is public information that they see and then it is questions of what did you mean by this? so he was shocked by the fact that this came out there and he had to be answering questions to what did you mean when to him it was part of the baseball culture. so maybe that is what we need to talk about and fix instead of this isolated incident. >> it is part of baseball culture or latino baseball culture? >> probably both. i should sclar clarify that i a just talking about derogatory nature, because nobody is in favor of that, but this is a
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little jock lieu lar insight of how baseball players would talk to each other, and that is what escobar is saying here in his defense. it is insight in that and it does not reflect well on him and baseball players in general, and of course, we know that athlete s tend to be a little bit behind if curve in sort of catching up with the societal norms. >> did he really say i like gay people and my decorator and style i stylist are gay? >> yes, he did. but he said that i have plenty of friends who are gay and you can interpret that in that he is talking about his decorator and things like that, and how legitimate it is. he is caught off of guard of this, and if he had given it forethought, he never would have done it, because it is at toch ed to him for better or worse for the rest of his career whether he naent sl-- he meant e slur or not, it doesn't matter,
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because it is opening up the dialogue of homophobia and sports and there has been some progress in regard of sports figures coming out in favor of gay marriage. and any time there is a topic like this, yes, some advanced athletes, but some are behind the times which is reflective of what we are seeing at this time. >> thank you, ted keith. coming up your responses to the talk back question. what if jesus were married? facebook.com/carolcnn. ...forbus. [ yawning sound ] wthe future of our medicare andr electiosocial security. for...
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talkback question this morning, what if jesus were married? noreen says, i think it would be a good thing for him to fully experience life and be a good role model to do it right. a lot of people could use that advice these days. and this one, it was not on his mind or in god's plan. linda saying, i can't think of one reason it is a bad thing. and mark says, why does it matter? why so much ehasis on this rather than the message? does the fact that jesus was married change the message in any way? write more to talkback on
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facebook.com/carolcnn. mitt romney trying to turn the tables after a interview leaked online. a french satirical magazine depicting more pictures of the prophet muhammad. and now french buildings are closing their doors amid security concerns. and was jesus married? we will tell you what was found to suggest that he may have had a wife, and could this change the view of his followers? actually christians around the world. world. newsroom starts right now. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com turning a gaffe into a gift. that is what mitt romney is trying to do this morning to spin the comments he made at a fund r fund-raiser into new campaign talking points. he is pivoting the talking points to president obama saying that the president wants to redistribute the wealth as heard
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in this recording from 1998. >> as we try to resuscitate this notion that we are all in this thing together, leave nobody behind, we do have to be innovative in thinking what are the delivery systems that are actually effective and meet people where they live. the trick is how to structure government systems that pool resources and hence facilitate some redistributions, because i actually believe in redistribution, at least at a certain level to make sure that everybody's got a shot. >> but the obama campaign accuse s romney of using a quote failed playbook of sarah palin and joe the plumber according to thehill.com, and it did not work in 2008, but why would it work now? mitt romney seems to be using the playbook. listen. >> you said that the wording might have been inelegant, but
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others said that you kissed half of the electorate good-bye this election year, that you all but called them moochers. did you? >> no, i'm talking about a perspective of individuals who i'm not likely to get to support me. i recognize that those people who are not paying income tax are going to i sashgs gosh, this -- to say, gosh, this provision of lowering the income taxes is not attractive to them, and those who are dependent upon the government and those who think that government's job is to redistribute them, i won't get them. i nknow there is a divide in th country about that view. some believe that the government should take from some to give to the others and the president makes it clear in the tape that was released today that is what he believes, but it is an entirely foreign concept. america was built on the principle of government caring for those in need, but getting out of the way and allowing free people to pursue their dreams and free people pursuing free
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enterprises is the only way to create a strong and growing middle-class and the only way to help people out of poverty. >> joining me is cnn contributor ron brownstein. good morning, ron. good morning, carol. >> can you parse president obama's statements from 1998, and what did he think, do you think? >> we >> well, he was talking about using the progressive tax system to take from the affluent to spend on a democratic system. that is a democratic view. these two tapes capture kind of the dualing populist archetypes who are driving the message here. you have a democratic campaign who has relently tried to portray mitt romney as favor in the rich over the mile-class, and what we have seen over the s summer, and especially in romney embrace of the remarks in the video is that the republican response is to emerge that president obama favors the poor over the middle-class, and in that, romney and the republicans are move back to very 1980-style
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constructs that worked very well for the republicans in the '70s and '80s, but largely receded since the presidency of bill clinton. >> but didn't john mccain use that very argument? >> well, i don't think as clearly. look. what mitt romney said in the video is a mar harshly stated version of the argument that is increasingly pop ular among the conservatives for years and more directly implicit in a lot of the romney argue mentation over the summer. paul ryan for years has said explicitly that he believes that the country is reaching a tipping point where you have a majority of the country that is either receiving government benefits and not playing taxes and romney conjoined the two, because you have more takers than makers and that is what they have put on the air in stum mer. the medicare ad makes that case that obama is taking the money
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away from the seniors to give to those who are not for you sh, a that is the welfare ad. part of why romney is embracing this, is that it is a construct that the republicans want to drive and in effect that the democrats are taking from the productive class to give to those who don't deserve it is their attempt to the argument that romney favors the rich. >> well, i talked to john spicer from the rnc, andasked if it was the same about john mccain talking about the redistribution of wealth, and he said that everything bad in the economy is because we have seen that. is that true? >> well, the fact is that we have had enormous difficulty in the economy for over a decade. ten years to the day aer the bush tax cuts were passed fewer people working on the day they were passed which is something true only previously from 1929 to 1939, the median income was lower aed the median poverty was higher. and we have gone through a difficult decade which has changed the economic landscape
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here and one of the question of are you better off than you were four years ago is less resonant in the '80s, because fewer people can remember getting ahead which for more americans was more than a decade ago. so they are skeptical that either party has a answer for the longer term distress, but one thing that is striking in the swing state polling out today is that president obama has erased mitt romney's lead for who is better for the economy overall, and president obama consistently leads when he says who cares more about people like you. and does obama favor the poor or romney with the rich, and right now the polls say that obama is winning the argument. >> thank you, rob brownstein. we appreciate it. >> thank you. >> how does a video like this at mitt romney get leaked to the media? brian todd knows. >> reporter: how did a videotape made four months ago become so potentially damaging now?
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parts of it were leaked in drips and drabs on youtube. in mid august the mother jones reporter david corn was put in touch with the source who videotaped romney and posted it on line. corn won't reveal who the source is. last week corn was able to verify that the videotape was legitimate and then posted it this week on mother jones. this account was given to us by david corn himself, and he could not speak on camera, because he is a contributor on another network. who got it? james carter the fourth, jimmy carter's grandson. he has done reser arch in the past. he describes himself as opposition researcher and political junkie looking for work. he spoke with anderson cooper. >> i have been doing this pretty much full time, and, yeah, i do it for work and also for fun, so
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if someone will pay me for it, that would be great. >> he obviously has his own agenda, and trying to damage the romney campaign and without james cart ter the fourth this clearly would not have happened. >> david corn says that the person who videotaped romney says they were not affiliated with any campaign and didn't go in with the intent to infiltrate the romney camp. the foundation who hosted this is a sunlight leader who has f given hundreds of thousands of dollars to both par i thes. >> he is a ceo of private sun capital who manages $8 million of investments, and so he comes into the same industry and the same investments as mitt romney. >> we called to ask repeatedly who videotaped romney at thom to ask who else was there, and the leader representative would only issue a statement saying he hosted a fund-raiser for a friend in may. we have repeatedly trying to get the romney campaign to say who
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they believe rid voe taped him that night. and we have no response. brian todd, washington. security stepped up at french location worldwide now that a satirical weekly magazine has published cartoons depict ing the prophet muhammad, and that is forbidden by the islamic law. french leaders say they will shutdown embassies around the world. the united states is taking a wait and see approach. more from zain verjee. >> carol, a french magazine is risking provoking the anger muslims by showing cartons of the prophet muhammad. and they are showing him naked and many have condemned it. they say is it is sensible to pour fuel on the fire right now? the security at the magazine's
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offices have been increased. this is poorly timed after a video that made many in the islamicer world furious. the magazine says it is about freedom of speech and they can say whatever they want, and many muslims are saying, how dare you show the prophet muhammad like this. many groups have a stricter interpretation of the koran who would react badly to this and others who would take advantage to target the west and destabilize their governments and create more havoc in the situation, but majority of the m muslims are peaceful, and they don't like it, but they believe in freedom of speech and they do not approve of any violent response that the cartoons may pose. that is the real question today, will the cartoons trigger more violence around the world that may target the west and the u.s. interests? carol. >> zain verjee reporting. and any depiction of the prophet
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muhammad is strictly forbidden. and this is not the first time they have done such a thing. their offices were firebombed after a article on the prophet muhammad. and now this one, did jesus have a wife? eric maripote, editor of the belief blog joins me now. this is fascinating. >> it absolutely is fascinating, carol. what do you think, was jesus married? >> tell us about what this tiny papyrus says? >> well, this is the size of a fragment here, and it is a tiny piece of parchment written in coptic which is a language of egyptian christians and one phrase within that parchment.
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says, "jesus says to them, my wife" dot, dot, dot. carole king of harvard divinity presented this findings to a finding in rome and asked if this means that jesus is married? she says this is not definitive historical evidence that jesus was married, but what it is that there is further debate among the early christians about whether or not jesus had a wife. >> okay. we know that not early christian writings made it into the bible, so do we know where this particular bit of christian writing came from? >> we don't. and part of the reason we don't is because it is so small, we don't know what is around it. now, karen king, that professor from harvard and the colleagues have guessed it is part of a bigger gospel, and when she is using the word gospel there, it
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is thematically and not canno c cannonicley. and matthew and mark and luke and john made it in, but many christians were divided what counted and should make it in, but what didn't make it in. she is guessing that this is from another gospel that did not make it in, and right now for academic reasons they are calling it the gospel according to jesus' wife. that is for academic reference. >>k okay. let's just say that this proves that jesus was married. >> take the bait. >> take the bait. okay. what implications for people around the world? >> well, there is a huge debate of early christians over the importance of marriage, and some apostles who followed jesus closest to him who were married, including peter.
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in one of the gospels it talks about how jesus went to peter's moth mother-in-law which means he was marry and also the apostle paul who is one of the key writers of the new testament and of course, he was single, and the debate goes on and on. and catholic priests are not marri married and part of the reason is that they are not married because jesus not. i would say to the priests don't go up on mingle.com just yet, because it is a tiny scrap up on a huge heap of documents that talk about the hois tor cal jesus and who he was and this is not going the have monumental changes, but what it should do is to draw people into the search of how the bible was formed and this was a great debate of not as static and clean as many people think it was in telling the story of who jesus was and when he was here
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on earth as a historical figure. >> fascinating. it is just so fascinating. i can't get enough information about it. eric, thank you for joining us. you can find out more about this story on the belief blog. go to cnn.com/belief. new hope for the real estate market. more homes went from for sale to sold last month. we have the latest numbers. [ engine revving ] ♪ [ male announcer ] every car we build
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coming in well above the exctations, because the economists had been expecting a 2% gain. and another good thing about this report when you look at it is that the sales are not happening in the pockets of the united states, but you are seeing a rise of the sales in every region of the united states, and the sales moved at fastest pace in two years. this is a keenum by number, and existing sales, because they account fort 90% of all housing acti activity and wall street watches this number, as well. and it is not just sales, but the prices went up, too. and the median sales price rose to $190,000, and that means that we have now found a bottom and you are now seeing a recovery happ happening in the housing sector. prices are rising and the national association of realtors says that we are seeing more normal transactions and the fewer distressed sales and meaning short sales and foreclosures and today's reading speaks to all of the pent up
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demand here, and people are buying despite the pent-up conditions and mortgage rates are helping as well. >> are the markets affected just yet? >> yes, the stocks were flat before this report and went much higher and the dow is up 44 points ash and the investors are pleased by a book by the bank of japan to stimulate the economic growth there and that of course comes after similar news from the federal reserve and the european central bank and that is rounding out the good news of the day. alison kosik, thank you so much, and live from the new york stock exchange. 20 minutes after the hour, and checking the top stories. we learned that president obama will meet with aun sun yun kyi and earlier this year she was able to finally pick up the nobel peace prize she won in
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1991 after being released from prison. and now talking points for a new campaign strategy, and he has written an op-ed in the "usa today" and not backing down from the comments, but clarifying them. and the baltimore orioles in the tie with the american league east with the new york yankees, as the birds beat seattle in a 18 inning game. taylor teagarden had the game-winning pinch-hit single and the o's tacked on another final to win 4-2. the space shuttle "endeavour" is making its final flight piggybacked on a cross country flight of a 747. it will make three routes to los angeles where it will be installed in a museum. traveling was not easy for people in virginia yesterday. high winds and heavy rains in
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now is your chance to talk back about one of the big stories of the day. the big question today, what if
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jesus were married? it is a heated debate that has been around since "the divinci code" which is a blockbuster movie that explored whether jesus was married to mary magdalen. fick snun well, maybe not. there is a early papyrus fr fragment written in cop pick, which is a language written by egyptian christians said in part, jesus said to them, "my wife." >> scholars have consistently and myself included in the past argued that that language is all spiritual, and spiritualizing and using it metaphorically. >> but today, maybe there is a clue that jesus did have a wife. already the news has gone viral and so have the jokes. roger ebert said, now at work, 100 novelists on the forthcoming best seller "i was mrs. jesus." my money is on philip roth.
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seriously, other scholars are checking the scroll to check the legitimacy and putting the discomfort aside. >> it is difficult when you have spent your whole life and spent in fact, christianity has spent 1,500 years or more talking about and understanding jesus not being married to actually know it when we see it so to speak. >> so, in the spirit of debate, we'll bite. talk back question for you this morning, what if jesus were married. facebook.com/carolcnn. your comments later this hour. after more than a year and a half, we are about to get new information about fast and furious, a u.s. border control agent was killed in connection with that controversial weapons trafficking program, and now the justice department will weigh in. en joint pain and stiffness from psoriatic arthritis hit, even the smallest things became difficult.
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chicago public school students are back in the classroom. tuesday the teachers union voted to suspend the strike that kept them out of school. the negotiations for the new contract lasted for several days and the deal must be ratified now by union members. bank of america has not explained the reason behind a problem with the website. and a big problem, because the site was slow or not available to many users yesterday. a bank spokesperson says that they are working to ensure full availability. today, we could finally learn more about fast and furious, the controversial gus trafficking investigation connect n connected to the death of a u.s. border patrol agent. the bureau of tobacco and alcohol and firearms program was to track guns purchase ed d in united states by low level drug dealers and then ended up in the hands of drug cartels in mexico and then hundreds of firearms disappear and those guns were used to commit crimes in mexico and the united states. two of the weapons were found in
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2010 where brian terry, the u.s. border patrol agent was killed. joe johns, crime investigator, joins us now. what do we expect from the report, joe? >> well, we are expecting it to come out at some time this afternoon, carol. michael horowitz is new to the job and this is the first major report and everybody is waiting to see if he has answers to the key questions surrounding the case. whose idea was fast and furious in the first place? who knew about it? how high up did it go? why didn't somebody stop it? we are looking closely to see if the report has any definitive answers. this is a story badly in need of an honest and impartial broker right now, because fast and furious reached the peak this the political atmosphere in this political year, and of course, the inspector general's report is to be about accountability and ferreting out waste, fraud and abuse, and there is
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information that we haven't heard we hope that it is our understanding that the aig may have had access to documents an information not provided to other sbe di tis who investigated this situation. >> oh, you mean like congress? >> especially congress, absolutely. >> okay. so could more people be punished because of this program? >> well, i think that you have to say that a few of the key players involved in fast and furious from the atf have already resiped resigned or a people reassigned and i spoke to one of the atf, whistle-blowerers larry alt who said that the agency has made strides since the death of brian terry, though there is more work to be done, and again and again the question asked how high up in the justice department it went, and if it did go high up, what is going to happen to the people involved presumably, you know v tow ask questions about the attorney general, and
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whether the president knew anything, executive privilege has been asserted in this kachlts acase. and the inspector general does not have the authority to hire or fire anybody, and just basically makes the recommendations, so don't expect any real punishment out of the report, carol. >> but hopefully we will have a definitive answer of who knew what when. hopefully so. you know, that is the $1 million question. and during an election year, if it is not answered, republicans certainly are going to keep asking that question. >> joe johns, reporting live from washington. lindsay lohan found herself in handcuffs again this morning, and this time, she is accused of hit-and-run. i even wrote a play about that. my symptoms were a pain in my abdomen and periods that were heavier and longer than usual for me.
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okay. we need to laugh now. so mitt romney admits that the
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comments about the 47% of america were not elegantly stated. so how could mitt romney have said it better. comedian stephen colbert has an idea. >> i will now deliver mitt's core message for this time with a little bit more panache. these people are just greedy parasites sucking on the widthered tit of lady liberty and oh how the hunger knows no bounds. winslow, bring me the shrimpp and the mindless masses. there we go. thank you, winslow. now, hold still, hold still. okay. there you go. there you go. see how they love it. see. >> okay. we have to talk about lindsay lohan and we do and she fund herself in handcuffs again. she is now accused of hitting a man with her porche while driving through a crowded area between a hotel and a restaurant in new york, and of course,
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everybody is saying, oh, come on, lindsay, what is up with you! initi nischelle turner is joining us from "showbiz tonight" and i'm not sure you can answer that question, but what happened? >> well, we went from just laughing to not, carol. we have to talk about this now, carol. here is what we do know. an nypd spokesperson tells cnn that lindsay lohan was entering the parking area near a chelsea neighborhood in new york after midnight. she hit a pedestrian as she went into the driveway and went on the park her car and went into the hotel and the pedestrian was taken to the hospital with nonlife threatening injuries to her knee, and police arrested lohan at 2:30 in the morning when she was leaving the hotel and took her to a precinct where she was released on her own recog na sakocognizance and she of leaving the scene of the accident. and we are reach ought the
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lindsay's camp for comment, but this is the latest of the long brushes of the law with lindsay lohan who has been trying to put the legal problems behind her and resume the acting career. but she has been convicted for driving under the influence in 1987 and convicted for shoplifting and sent to probation for that and sentenced several times for not appearing in probation, and then she was praised in march for making all of her probation cases, and then she was released to a unsupervised status, by it is too early to determine if her arrest in new york could affect the legal issues here in california. we will see. >> let e's pivot and talk about barbra streisand. >> yeah, let's talk about babs. it is incredible. >> she is officially the highest touring act of all time
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according to the "huffington post," and fans who want to see her perform live in new york october 13 and 14th, mark the dates, but take the money out of your wallet, because it is $1,500 plus a service fee of $75 for one ticket. >> what! >> that is not like a table of ten. one ticket. tickets from the resellers and scalpers are going for $12,000 online. $12,000. for streisand's last tour in 1994, ticket prices topped out at $100, and so you talk about inflation, you may be asking, what the heck happened here? well, barbra streisand is not an artist who goes on the tour all of the time, and in fact, 18 years in between appearances. so seeing her is rare. the tickets are rare, and the proceeds will go to charities that are supported by her foundation. >> $1,500. is it a small venue? >> listen, it better be her in my living room for $1,500.
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>> i'm with you. nischelle turner, thanks so much. >> sure. sure. >> wow. >> well, a fire tornado explodes in australia, and it sounded like a fighter jet. we will show you more pictures of the rare thing when we come back. ♪ wow... [ female announcer ] sometimes, all you need is the smooth, creamy taste of werther's original caramel to remind you that you're someone very special. ♪ now discover new caramel apple filled werther's original. until i got a job in the big apple. becoming a fulltime indoor cat wasn't easy for atti. but he had purina cat chow indoor. he absolutely loved it.
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44 minutes past the hour, and checking the top stories. vice presidential candidate paul ryan is on the attack in danville, new jersey, where he took on the president after the targeting of a 1998 video in which mr. obama says he wanted to redistribute the wealth. >> you know, president obama said that he believes in redistribution. mitt romney and i are not running to redistribute the wealth. mitt romney and i are running to help americans create wealth. >> this attack comes as democrats attack romney for his comments at a private fund-raiser in may where he
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claimed 47% of americans will vote for the president because they depend on government handouts. police in france are outside of the office s s of a satirica weekly magazine featuring cartoons of the prophet mohammed. that is strictly against muslim law. it is not the first time they mock muslims. the offices were burned in an attack last year when they named mohammed as the guest editor. and a danish editor plans to print topless photos of princess kate. they say they are the same ones in the french and the italian magazine magazines. the mag sooep has been fined for publishing the pictures and ordered to hand over the originals to the royal family. and check this out. this is a fire tornado which happens when a rotating column of air picks up a bush fire. they say that the twister stayed
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around for 40 minutes and sounded like a fighter jet. residents of the eastern u.s. are cleaning up today after being pounded by heavy storms. as much as eight inches of rain came down with flash flooding in streets and neighborhoods and high winds a problem knocking down trees and cutting power to 30,000 people. rob marciano is in the weather center. is it over? >> yeah, it is for the most part. you mentioned that fire tornado and we thought that we would see tornado yesterday with tornado watches up and down the east coast and there were none, so that is good news. but plenty of wind, carol, and as you mentioned some of the wind had damage at reagan international and some gusts outside of jfk with 50 miles per hour. here is what it looked like in places of maryland and around the delmarva, they got hammered with the winds and at one point 30,000 people without power throughout virginia and maryland and the d.c. area. up across connecticut problems with not only the flooding from the rainfall, but also some coastal flooding, because of strong winds out ahead of the
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main system. that slowdown looks like the mta there. as far as the rainfall is concerned, that is the other issue with this, and this is a big rainmaker from the tennessee valley up to the appalachian and up through parts of upstate new york and we didn't see much in the way of severe thunderstorms that had gusty winds, but a lot of the winds were out ahead of the system, and that created some of the problems. but now the system is offshore and the front is down across parts of florida and that is it. and we are getting into the colder system for shoe, and temperatures dropping 20 degrees cooler than where they were yesterday, and that depends a frosty temperature on tap, and not so bad today, and we have colder air coming behind the system which may, may have a few snowflakes fly over the western great lake, and some frost over the pumpkins in upstate new york and across northern new england, but a lot of the dangerous weather from yesterday is gone. carol? >> thank you, rob. there are new safety concerns
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over the tuna in your kids' lunches. what should you do? our medical correspondent elizabeth cohen will tell you.
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recognize as food like oats and nuts and dried fruit. if the ingredients sound processed, choose a different one. second, check the amount of s e sugar, because it should not have more than 8 grams of sugar per 100 calories. and lastly, check the calories. some have upwards over300 calories per bar and look for one that is 100 or so calories. or better yet, make your own. take whole grains and dried fruit and nuts and spices and put them in the food processor and bake them and stash them in the freezer so they are ready on the go when you want one. all right. let's talk about tuna now. tuna fish sandwiches may be a staple for the kids, but a consumer advocacy group says that the mesrcury levels in tun fish are surprisingly high and dangerous. medical correspondent elizabeth cohen is joining us. that is a little freaky.
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and people think tuna that is healthy and i know kids who will eat nothing but tuna. >> and you rejoice at that. >> yes, because it is better than other thing they could be eat, but we have known for a while that tuna has a lot of mercury and especially the cal ba core tuna. what this group did, the mercury policy project went out and bought a bunch of tuna and found out that it had more mercury in it than what the government has found when they have done to do their sampling, so they say more mercury in tuna than we thought. how does mercury get into tuna? >> i hope they are not eating thermometers or anything like that. but what it is that there is mercury in the pollution in the air, and that air is going over to water and falls into the wear the and the fish live there. that is what happens. and the tuna are predators so they eat other fish and so they have their mercury plus the mercury of those fish. >> how harmful for fish to eat then? how worried should parents be? >> it is difficult to say this
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is an absolute safe level and you will be fine if your kid eats this, but the government regulations are -- and latf of people don't know this, that the government has regulations of how much tuna your kids should be eating or if you are pregnant. if you look at albacore tuna, the government recommends not more than six ounces a week. if your kid is eating a lot of tuna fish sandwiches, that has to be more. for light tuna, it is up to 12 ounces a week. so it seems that the consumer groups and this group recommend eating less. >> i am scared to eat anything these days. it is kind of sad. elizabeth cohen, thank you so much. >> i agree. our talkback question today, what if jesus were married? your responses are next. while a body in motion tends to stay in motion. staying active can actually ease arthritis symptoms.
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we wanted to show you these beautiful pictures of space shuttle "endeavour," and it is now flying over houston and courtesy of our houston affiliate there. it is on the way to los angeles, and it will soon land, and it will then become part of an exhibit at a museum, and you can go see it in los angeles. but we wanted the show you the beautiful picture, because it is always incredible to see this thing. and now the talkback question of the day, the question this morning "what if jesus were married?" and sandy said, if he created adam and eve, why would he not want a son from the only son. and if he were, it would not change my belief in him as son of god. if jesus came to teach us to never get married or to never fall in love, then he in essence came to teach us to drive
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mankind to extinction. it doesn't change my belief. and now "cnn newsroom" continues right now with continues right now with ashleigh banfield. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com thank you for joining us, everything. it is 11:00 on the east coast and 9:00 a.m. on the west coast. and now new outrageb after the violent protests may be receding, a french satirical magazine has come out with cartoons that mock the prophet mohammed. and we have the magazine here and we can't show you the pictures burk look at the office s. this is the same offices that were firebombed over an issue that pretended to make fun of islamic law. at this point, we are not aware of any major violence broken out, but the frebch government protecting free speech is condemning the magazine's decision to publish the cartoons and takingte